Andy is scheduled to complete the last of his 39 radiation treatments in early April. Having his treatments at MD Anderson in The Woodlands has been a great convenience.
“I take one hour off of work every morning,” he says. “I can keep going on with my life. I don’t need to take a 2-month leave of absence for treatment.”
He hasn’t had any major side effects -- just a little prostate inflammation. Still, he’s counting the days to the end.
“I am so looking forward to ringing the bell because it’ll be behind me, and there’s a very good chance that I’ll never have it again,” he says.
An advocate for prostate cancer screening
Andy knows his cancer story may have unfolded differently if he hadn’t been so vigilant about his prostate cancer screening exams. That’s why he uses every opportunity to remind others about the importance of preventive care.
“It’s all about knowledge. You have the knowledge as to the benefit of the annual physical exam and the signs to look out for to catch things before they become a real problem,” he says. “And the exam is so simple. There’s no more digital rectal exams – it’s just a blood test that checks the prostate these days.”
His efforts are paying off. A few of his colleagues have already jumped into action.
“It feels great,” he says. “What also feels great is they’re going to go get an annual physical and see how easy it is, and they’re going to feel great when they hear that they’re OK.”
“If you haven’t had a physical in 5 or 6 years, it’s no longer an annual physical,” he says. “You owe it to yourself, you owe it to your partner or your spouse, your family -- even your pets. You’ve got to stay healthy not only for yourself, but for them.”